by Whitney Ullman
Jewel kicked off her Greatest Hits tour at the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City on Saturday to help raise money for those affected by Hurricane Sandy. The pop-folk singer teamed up with New Jersey Hometown Hero's a non-profit whose mission is to support local communities in times of crisis.
"I'm so glad to be working with Hometown Heroes to bring relief to those in need in New Jersey," reads a statement on Jewel's official website. "Hearing the news of the effects that Sandy had on everyone here was devastating, and I'm glad I can do a little bit to help."
NJ.com talked to Jewel about her tour and the future of her music.
NJ.com: How does it feel to be back on tour in Atlantic City?
Jewel: My son Kase is coming with me this time, and I'm so excited to show him the boardwalk!
Where do you get your inspiration?
Jewel: Life inspires me, it always has. Being alive is a beautiful yet difficult balance as we learn to navigate the joy and angst along the road to happiness.
What can we look forward to in the future, with regard to your music?
Jewel: I have over 300 unreleased songs - so lots! I have another country record, a standards project, and a 'Pieces of You' style folk album all in the works. Just not sure what will come out first.
Would you change anything about your past?
Jewel: Gosh, it get's tricky to think about that. It's not that I don't have regrets, but I can honestly say that I have always done the best I know how to at the time, and I guess what more can you ask of yourself. The rest is to forgive.
What are three things people may not know about you?
Jewel: 1. I can move every muscle on my face.
2. I have run my own charity, Project Cleanwater, since 1997.
3. I have no middle name (and yes, my real name is Jewel).
Is there a particular inspirational story about how your music touched someones life?
Jewel: I am always touched by the stories of how my songs have helped others through hard times. When there are street riots in places like Libya, I see college students dedicating hands to each other. I have had recovered addicts say they played Amen, or Angel Standing By, bringing someone back from the brink of suicide. So many stories...I wrote my songs to help myself in difficult times, and I am so humbled they can help others as well.
Whitney is an on-air multimedia personality, and works behind the scenes helping businesses gain extra exposure, through her WIN Promotions video production services.